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60 Years Ago

Items from the Sun of

December 8, 1953

Today is the big day in Morris for youngsters in this area-for today is the day that Santa Claus and his live reindeer make their pre-Christmas visit to this city.  This will be the first time that Santa has made a daytime visit to Morris with his reindeer, and to suggest that the kiddies are pretty excited is to put it mildly.  Because it is a regular school day, many schools in the area have made plans to close this afternoon in order that their pupils might have the opportunity to see Santa and his reindeer.  

District Governor Marvin Ettesvold of Montevideo, formerly of Morris, presented the charter of the newly organized Lions club at Hancock to Supt. G. I. Sholy, first president of the new club, at the Charter Night program in the Congregational Church at Hancock on Nov. 30. Witnessing the presentation was Clayton Gay, International councilor and former district governor and President Frank Fox of the Morris Lions club, sponsor of the Hancock club.

Adult 4-H leaders in Stevens County were honored at the annual Leaders Recognition banquet held on the evening of Nov. 30.  Albert Grote, leader of the Pep and Progress Club, received a gold clover pin from County Club Agent Emma Hultgren.  The gold pin is emblematic of 10 years of service as a leader.  Mrs. William Sperr of the Donnelly Ever-Ready Club, and Mrs. William Kvale of Swan Lake Club, both of whom received silver clover awards in recognition of five years of service as club leaders.  Mrs. Ed Weeding of Baker also earned a five-year pin but was unable to attend the Leaders Recognition banquet.


40 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

 December 13, 1973

In the wake of the current energy crisis, the Morris district 769 board of education had a note of encouragement at its regular meeting Monday evening.  Supt. Fred Switzer reported to the board that the school district has more fuel for heating purposes this year than at any other time in recent years.  The Morris school buildings are heated primarily with natural gas, and the heating plants can be converted to heat with fuel oil.  

Richard Eul was re-elected chief of the Morris Fire Department.  Eul, a long-time member of the department, was named to succeed Jack Getchell in December, 1972, after serving as first assistant chief.  All other officers were re-elected at the meeting as well, including James Lesmeister, first assistant chief; Gilbert Schmidgall, second assistant chief; D. F. (Bud) Rentz, secretary; and Don Klein, treasurer.  Serving as trustees are Roy Lucken, Lloyd Heintzelman, DeWayne Michaelson and Harvey McRoberts.  The department accepted the resignation of fireman William Meyers, who retired after 22 years of service on the Morris Fire Department.  

The law firm of Martin & Nelson announce that Daniel V. Noble of Morris will be associated with the firm beginning Jan. 1, 1974.  Noble is currently employed as the business manager of the University of Minnesota, Morris and plans to continue in that capacity, and also, on a part-time basis, work as an attorney with Martin & Nelson.  Noble accepted the position of Business Manager of the University of Minnesota, Morris in August 1969.

State and local government payrolls in Minnesota are growing at a somewhat faster rate than the national average, according to the Minnesota Taxpayers Association.  Analysis of public employment statistics compiled by the Bureau of the Census show that from October, 1967 to October, 1972 the cost of state and local government payrolls here increased 73.7 per cent, while the national average was 64.4 per cent.  The combination of more public employees and higher pay boosted the total of state and local government payrolls in Minnesota to $145,224,000 for Oct. 1972, up 73.7 per cent from the $83,615,000 of five years before.  


20 Years Ago

Items from the Tribune of

December 9, 1993

Kathy Zeman, extension educator in Stevens County, has accepted a position in 4-H youth development and extension education in Rice County.  Zeman's new position begins just after the first of the year. She expects to be in Stevens County until mid-December.  She said one of the things that drew her to the Rice County position is that it is full time 4-H and youth development, areas where Zeman said her strength and interests lie.  Another reason is that it's closer to her home, she is originally from Steele County, about half and hour south of Faribault.

Kathleen Biittner, Brian Moser, Wes Wolff and Corinne Zach were elected to the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture board at the Chamber's annual meeting Tuesday.  Chamber Vice President Mark Ring presented the annual report.  Besides realignment of committees, one of the Chamber's highlights for the past year included hiring a new executive director, Holly Witt.

Ann Michels won first place in Division 9 (Adult Category) of the Minnesota NATS (National Association of Singing Teachers) State Auditions held Nov. 13 at St. John's University.  Michels is a 1993 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris with a major in secondary education with concentrations in English and theatre.  Michels is currently an English teacher in the Morris Area School.  

Arching toward completion, the silhouette of the building already shows the familiar roof line of a McDonald's. The sign and “Golden Arches” are being installed this week. McDonald's expects to be open next week.  

Kris Strobel of Morris received the Presidential Medallion from Val Kvale-Lunning, president of the Minnesota Women of Today, at their Fall State Convention recently in Brooklyn Park.  Presidential Medallions are given in special honor and only 75 are given out. Strobel is currently serving as Membership Vice President of the Minnesota Women of Today.

Stacy Gades, daughter of Victor and Pam Gades of Morris, will be performing on the 44th annual Jingle Bells program which airs at 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Dec. 10, on KCCO in Alexandria.  Stacy, who has been participating in other local talent shows, was one of 21 selected for Jingle Bells out of 63 who auditioned.  She was encouraged to audition by her grandmother, Donna Christiansen of Morris. Jingle Bells raises money for food, clothing and gifts for needy families by soliciting pledges.